- The Washington Times - Monday, April 29, 2019

Former President Barack Obama took an apparent swipe at his successor on Saturday, telling an audience celebrating Nelson Mandela’s birthday that “leaders who feed fear typically are also ones who avoid facts.”

Without naming President Trump directly, Mr. Obama warned audience members at Washington’s Museum of African American History and Culture against resorting to fear and tribal leadership in “time of tumult.”

“There is always a struggle between hope and fear, between the world as it is and how we’d like it to be,” Mr. Obama said, according to videos posted by The Hill.

“During times of tumult and disruption — whether it’s technological, economic, information, migration — the danger of us resorting to fear, to organize ourselves by falling back on tribe, race, ethnicity, sectarian lines, that always becomes stronger,” the former president said.

“That’s been true in this country, in the United States,” he continued. “You can actually track that when the economy is doing better, typically our politics is less divided. It gets more divided when people are feeling insecure and anxious. It’s true in South Africa, it’s true everywhere. The good news is that fear is typically the province of the old. And hope is the province of the young.”

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